Time is Brain Or A STROKE of Bad Luck
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Every 3-4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke. Cut down on the time taken to respond to a stroke-based emergency, and you can literally save more of your patient’s brain from serious damage. “Time is Brain Or A STROKE of Bad Luck: Are You Up-to-Date?” provides vital practice essentials that will help you respond promptly and confidently to stroke syndromes.
This presentation begins with information regarding the incidence, complications, anatomy, risk factors, demographic considerations, and management fundamentals of stroke syndromes. It then provides indispensable details about how to distinguish between the different kinds of strokes (i.e., ischemic, cryptogenic, hemorrhagic, intraparenchymal hemorrhage, and transient ischemic attack). You will be refreshed on brain and cardiovascular anatomy and be able to identify the clinical signs of a stroke, differential diagnoses, key features of care specific to each classification, imaging considerations, and more. With citations of the most current medical literature, detailed case studies, and specific details regarding the multiple pharmacological options in stroke management, this session is an essential reference tool.
From the BEFAST acronym to circadian patterns, join us for a session that will arm you with essential knowledge and help you respond to stroke emergencies in a manner that cultivates the best patient outcomes possible.
Diagnostic Testing in Acute Care: What, When, and Are You Sure?
When so many diagnostic imaging options are available to nurse practitioners, it can be confusing to know which are the most appropriate for use in a time-sensitive acute care situation. This CE offering will empower you to prioritize your patients’ needs and choose the most efficient diagnostic technology for each case.
In this engaging session, you will review key diagnostic principles, such as the test-treatment threshold and sensitivity versus specificity. Information from the American College of Radiology Appropriate Use Criteria is also included for guidance on when diagnostic imaging is warranted. The remainder of the presentation is devoted to the intricacies of X-rays, computed tomography, MRIs, nuclear imaging, and more. After completing this talk, you will be able to discern the appropriate diagnostic for any acute care situation.
Toxicology Pearls in Emergency & Critical Care
This detailed session will equip you with the knowledge that you need to get through worst-case toxicology scenarios. You will first receive a review of general toxidromes and the principles of toxicology management. This is followed by in-depth explorations of the toxicology findings and overdose management for substances from cocaine to acetaminophen. You will learn to manage patients’ altered mental status and respond to drug-induced hypertension and seizures. The session is guided by challenging, targeted questions that allow you to test your knowledge as you deepen your skill set.
This presentation contains information on the following topics:
- Opioid overdose and administration of naloxone
- Sedative, hypnotic, or sympathomimetic overdose
- Cholinergic and anticholinergic toxicity
- Management of patients with cardiotoxicity